Congress Moves to Safeguard the Wild Rogue River and Other Oregon Treasures

Portland, OR – Tributaries of the lower Rogue River and other recreational hotspots in western Oregon will be permanently protected by the “Oregon Treasures” legislation introduced today by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden. The legislation will protect 143 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the lower Rogue River watershed, an… Read more »

American Rivers Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic

Washington – American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance today applauded Representative Kurt Schrader for introducing new legislation that will protect 22 miles and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land along the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley through Wild and Scenic River designation.   “The Molalla River is known for its awe-inspiring beauty and many… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate. American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the… Read more »

Wild and Scenic Rivers – Keeping them Free

Every river is unique, but a wild river has a special kind of magic. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons Picture Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, Oregon’s Rogue, Maine’s Allagash, the Southeast’s Chattooga. Clear rushing waters, breathtaking scenery, and wildlife make these rivers national treasures. Protecting our nation’s last wild rivers is what we… Read more »

Growing Up On The Wild Skykomish River

Today, Andrea Matzke, a local resident, tells us about growing up on the South Fork Skykomish River.  This guest blog is part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series: Take Action to Protect theSF Skykomish River Please take a minute to email SnoPUD and urge them to abandon the Sunset Falls project! The more I… Read more »

No Conservation Zone?

Flathead River | © Darcy Nonemacher Many of us have strong connections to rivers that are protected through Wild and Scenic designation. I was lucky to grow up in the Flathead Valley in northwestern Montana, and the forks of the Flathead River hold special memories for me. In fact, last summer I took my family… Read more »

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River

Last weekend I hiked down to Rainie Falls on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to watch salmon make their always impressive upstream migration. Myself, a friend and numerous “fish-watchers” were not disappointed. Hiking down to falls would be a worthwhile endeavor even without the reward of Rainie Falls. The trail, at times rough, yet… Read more »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

Ask the Secretary of Interior to Protect the Chetco River

Chetco, OR | Northwest Rafting Company Protect the Chetco River from mining » The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is renowned for its world-class salmon and steelhead runs, and crystal clear water.  However, it is still vulnerable to mining thanks to the General Mining Law of 1872 – which gives mining precedence over all other… Read more »

Molalla River, Oregon

American Rivers is working with the Molalla River Alliance to pursue Wild and Scenic designation for almost 22 miles and 7,000 acres of the Molalla River and surrounding riverside lands. The river is nestled in the Willamette Valley, only 50 miles from Portland, Oregon.  From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear… Read more »